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Harrison KinderCare

Brandy Douglas, Center Director

1190 Stone Dr. Harrison OH 45030
(513) 367-6515 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
between New Haven Rd & Harrison Ave

Neighborhood:
Harrison, Ohio

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Crosby Elementary, Harrison Elementary, Whitewater Valley Elementary

We are currently going through the process of becoming nationally accredited through the National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs. We hope to achieve this prestigious award early in 2015.

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Welcome

Welcome to Harrison KinderCare in Harrison, Ohio. We are very excited to meet you and your family and introduce you to ours. We believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on emotional, social, cognitive and physical growth. We have a specially designed curriculum to develop children into caring, creative individuals with a lifelong love of learning. We hire teachers with a passion for education and a deep love of the children and families we service. We are deeply rooted in the Harrison community and pride ourselves on raising a generation who loves to send their own children to KinderCare. Your child will not only have a safe, secure and stimulating environment to learn in, but will have support from a team of dedicated developmental experts who have a true passion for educating and nurturing children. Please let us become an extension of your family! Visit us today!

Brandy Douglas, Center Director

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Accreditation

Many of our child care centers are accredited by national organizations that require us to meet rigorous early childhood education standards and guidelines for high-quality care and education. Programs that are accredited have demonstrated their commitment to go beyond the state’s minimum licensing requirements to meet and maintain these high standards of quality.

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Our Programs

Infant Programs (6 weeks - 1 year)

Babies grow and learn every day. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where babies can explore and make new discoveries. We know that learning through play is extremely valuable at this age and our Early Foundations® Infant program is designed to give babies the skills that will serve as the building blocks for a lifetime of learning.

Toddler Programs (1 – 2 Years)

As toddlers develop friendships, self-esteem, and curiosity, our Early Foundations® Toddler program will help them explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment. Our unique curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best through experiences. So each day is filled with fun activities that excite and develop toddlers, giving them the comfort and confidence to speak those first few important words, as well as make their first friends.

Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)

At this age, children are making new discoveries daily. And as two-year olds begin to exert their independence, our Early Foundations® Discovery Preschool program is prepared to open their eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring. Our holistic approach in the classroom engages young minds with a blend of music, art, and movement, as well as the early education fundamentals they'll need as they continue on to preschool.

Prekindergarten Programs (4 – 5 Years)

Prekindergartners are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime – school. And our Early Foundations Prekindergarten® program is designed to get them ready by teaching letters and words, math concepts, and valuable social skills. With small group instruction, independent play in an organized atmosphere, and whole-group activities, children will have all the right skills to hop, skip, and jump right into kindergarten.

Before- & After-School Programs (5 – 12 Years)

Even after school's out for the day, children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. That's where our Catch the Wave® program comes in. This innovative before – and after-school program allows school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. From homework help to fun physical activities, our program is designed so that everyone goes home happy.

Summer Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)

Don’t miss out on KinderCare’s Summer of Wonder: Six themed programs that will make summer exciting, educational and tons of fun. Whether your child is in our preschool, Pre-K or school-age programs, all of it is designed to help children learn while soaking up the fun. We offer flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of busy families like yours so we hope to see you there.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program

Cooking

The Cooking Adventures program gives children opportunities to participate in fun, developmentally appropriate cooking experiences. They will learn about recipes, ingredients, cooking vocabulary, and the importance of a healthy diet. The curriculum includes lessons on picnics, pizza, and heart-healthy meals.

Math

The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.

Music

Ongoing research proves that early exposure to music helps children think, reason, create, and express themselves. Children will laugh and learn about rhythm, vocal melodies, and a variety of musical genres and instruments, which can lower stress and advance memory. Learning never sounded so good.

Phonics & Reading Adventures

Set your child up for advanced success with literacy through phonics, the study of letters and sounds. Reader books, games, and activity cards help your child understand the basics of vowels and blending syllables, giving him confidence and command of language.

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  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather

      Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.

      Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter

      For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

KinderCare teachers have a passion for the education of children. They are fully committed to providing a quality curriculum in a safe and nurturing environment. They help the children grow physically, socially and emotionally, as well as in cognition. The teachers inspire children by engaging them in age-appropriate activities that help foster self-esteem and creativity. In addition, KinderCare teachers devote more time to training and professional growth than teachers in any other national childcare provider. Our teachers participate in more than 25 hours of additional training every year. This helps ensure they keep current on early childhood education topics and research. Our teachers are dedicated to developing your child's special talents and are sensitive to his or her individual needs. Our low teacher-to-student ratios allow teachers to focus on the learning styles of each child in our center and help your child meet his or her own potential.

  • Brandy Douglas

    Brandy Douglas, Center Director

    My goal is to provide all children with a strong educational foundation to allow them to reach their fullest potential.

      Ms. Brandy has been educating children for 9 years. She started her career with KinderCare in the toddler classroom. She has also been a school age teacher and a preschool teacher before becoming an Assistant Director and finally a Center Director. She is committed to each and every family who comes into the center. By providing the best possible early childcare experience, she can help lay a foundation for future learning. Ms. Brandy is extremely excited to be in Harrison and is eager to get to know each and every child individually so that she can best suit their individual needs. Ms. Brandy is also a mother of two and juggles basketball, dance and soccer with her children. She is also involved in sand volleyball in the summers.

    Previous Experience:
    I have been in the Ealry Childhood Eduation field for 11 years. I have been with KinderCare for 7 years. I am proud to be working for such an amazing company that does such great things for children.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where The Sidewalk Ends
    Year Started:
    4/28/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Kristin Blair

    Kristin Blair, Assistant Director

    Children are our greatest resource.

    Kristin joined KinderCare in 2008, shortly after graduating from The Ohio State University with a Degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences. She began in childcare as a Toddler teacher and worked as a Program Specialist and Assistant Director before becoming the Center Director. In a management role, she feels she can make the most impact on children's lives. Kristin hires the most qualified, dedicated teachers to enrich the lives of children by providing rich educational opportunities and trusting relationships. She is passionate about providing a quality learning facility filled with caring educators that are committed to providing the best possible service. Kristin looks forward to welcoming you into her KinderCare family!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Is Your Mama a Llama?
    Year Started:
    6/8/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's in Social and Behavrioral Science
  • Ms. Missy

    Ms. Missy, Infant Classroom

    I love being able to help children grow and learn while still being able to have fun. There is no more rewarding job than helping a child learn something new.

    Ms. Missy has been teaching children for many years, but has just recently started in the childcare setting. She has always enjoyed playing an active role in her own children's education and has coached children's cheer leading for nine years. She has led her cheerleaders from elementary through high school. Ms. Missy is very nurturing and giving making the Infant room a perfect fit for her talents. She always has a smile on her face when working with the Infants and has a patience for them that is unmatched. Ms. Missy is eager to continue her education in the field of Early Childhood Education. She looks forward to an opportunity to learn and grow with your family.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Missy has been teaching Pee Wee cheerleading since 2005.
    Year Started:
    9/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Infant Classroom

    I am inspired by the children in my class. They teach me as much as I teach them.

    Ms. Ashley has been teaching young children for 1 year. She earned her Associate's Degree from Vicennes University in Applied Science. She has since taken classes in Early Childhood Education so that she can better serve her children and her families. She  loves working in childcare and providing a great foundation for educational growth. Her professional goal is to complete her Bachelor's Degree in Education and improve even further her skills to provide a quality early educational experience.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Silly Sally
    Year Started:
    3/20/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Assoicate's Degree
  • Ms. Cathy

    Ms. Cathy, Toddler Classroom

    Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to help change the world.

    Ms. Cathy has been working with children for the past 12 years, in both a child care setting and caring for children in her own home. Ms. Cathy has her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Cincinnati. She enjoys the toddlers because they are learning to assert their indepencence and are adding words to their language on a daily basis. Ms. Cathy loves this setting because she gets to know her families so well throughout the course of planning and implementing individual lesson plans, parent-teacher conferences, and through daily communication. In her spare time, Ms. Cathy enjoys spending time with her own son.

    Previous Experience:
    Owner of an in-home childcare center
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Green Eggs and Ham"
    Year Started:
    10/6/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Tracy

    Ms. Tracy, Toddler Classroom

    Watching children learn and grow is the most rewarding job there is.

    Ms. Tracy is the mom to two children, one in high school and one in middle school. She has 15 years of experience watching children and educating them in her home. She has also entertained children for over 18 years as a professional clown. Ms. Tracy has a deep-seeded desire to nurture children and help them become life-long learners.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tracy has provided in-home childcare for 15 years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?"
    Year Started:
    8/20/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
  • Ms. Ashley V.

    Ms. Ashley V., Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I am very passionate about children and education. It is pretty amazing to have an opportunity to guide the children as they explore the world around them. I believe children are our future. I am certain the impact on all of us as we all learn and grow together will be amazing.

    Ms. Ashley has been with KinderCare since 2010. She has her Bachelor's Degree in Education from Indiana University East. Ms. Ashley loves helping children experience new things in the world around them. She works hard to partner with families and help them be as involved as possible in their child's education. Ms. Ashley takes pride in her dedication to promoting resiliency among the children in her classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Ashley has previously worked as a coach of youth volleyball.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Oh, The Places You'll Go!"
    Year Started:
    8/1/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Education
  • Ms. Michelle

    Ms. Michelle, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Children are creative, unique and forgiving in every aspect of their lives.

    Ms. Michelle has been teaching young children for 10 years. She earned her Associate's Degree from the University of Cincinnati in Early Childhood Education and hopes to continue her education with her Bachelor's Degree very soon. Ms. Michelle plans very creative activities to inspire the children to learn. She uses her gifts every day in the classroom to make sure her children are ready when they go to kindergarten. Ms. Michelle is also the mother of a 6 year-old son who keeps her busy at home.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?
    Year Started:
    6/15/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Ealry Childhood Education
  • Ms. Nikki

    Ms. Nikki, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Teaching is the most rewarding job I can ever imagine.

    Ms. Nikki has worked in a child care setting for over 10 years. She joined KinderCare in 2014, but brings her vast wealth of experience and knowledge with her. She applies everything that she has learned over the years to make the daily experiences for the children in her class meaningful ones. Her main goal is to help prepare the children for kindergarten. She is excited to see the smiles on the children's faces every time they discover something new. Ms. Nikki has also earned her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Ivy Tech College.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Silly Sally"
    Year Started:
    10/28/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Mr. Nate

    Mr. Nate, School Age Classroom

    The more you work, the luckier you get.

    Mr. Nate earned his Bachelor's Degree in Education from Miami University, where he played on the baseball team. He has been with KinderCare for 4 years, but has also worked with children as a camp counselor. Mr. Nate enjoys doing science projects with his school agers because it teaches them a new way of looking at familiar items. He also enjoys planning many physical activities to get the up and moving. He realizes that the children must exercise their bodies and their minds!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Little Engine That Could
    Year Started:
    5/12/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Education
  • Ms. Kelsy

    Ms. Kelsy, Floating Teacher

    You don't understand anything until you learn it more than one way!

    Ms. Kelsy has been working in child care for less than 1 year, but has done some babysitting in her home as well. She is currently going through the process of earning her Child Development Associate certificate so that she can gain more knowledge in the field of Early Childhood Education. She is very interested in building great realtionships with families as she provides quality care in any classroom she works in.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where The Wild Things Are
    Year Started:
    8/20/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Kendra, Floating Teacher

    Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.

    Ms. Kendra is currently attending Wright State University to earn her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education, and has plans to graduate in the winter of 2015.  She has been working in child care and in elementary schools for 5 years. She has plans to become a Kindergarten teacher after she graduates. Ms. Kendra runs our Phonics program and teaches kids letters, sounds, and reading in a small group setting.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie"
    Year Started:
    5/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Kesha

    Ms. Kesha, Floater

    I love to see children learning and having fun. It is the most wonderful thing in the world!

    Ms. Kesha is the mother of a three year-old son. She has been teaching children in a child care setting for about 2 years. She is committed to educating young minds and is currently attending Ivy Technical College to earn her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Kesha loves working with the preschool kids because they grow by leaps and bounds everyday.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Big Red Barn"
    Year Started:
    7/14/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Chelsie

    Ms. Chelsie, Floater

    If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.

    Ms. Chelsie attended Bowling Green State University where she studied Fine Arts. She is currently pursuing her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Chelsie has worked with children as both a caregiver and a teacher for 4 years, and looks forward to earning her degree in the field where she is most passionate. Her goal is to eventually obtain her Bachelor's Degree in Education and use it to positively impact the lives of those in our community.

    Previous Experience:
    Nanny
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree
    Year Started:
    2/13/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Education:
    Currently Pursuing her degree in Early Childhood Education

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!

      Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes. 

      Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines

      The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places. 

      Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

About Our Center

Harrison KinderCare houses children from 6 weeks old to 12 years old.  We have two Infant classroom's, one Toddler classroom, one Discovery Preschool classroom, one Multi-Age classroom, and a School Age program that provieds before and after care during the school year and a summer camp program in the summer.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

Holidays Observed

The center is closed for the following holidays: New Year's Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday and Christmas Day.

Health and Safety

Health and safety of the children is the first priority for every KinderCare teacher. The teachers are trained and certified in CPR, First Aid, Communicable Disease and Child Abuse Prevention. They are trained to take attendance every 30 minutes, and before and after transitions using a name-to-face method. Building security is established by requiring parents to enter a code on a keypad in order to enter the classrooms. Before releasing any child to a caregiver, that person is checked for identification and permission to have access to the child. The playgrounds are fenced in and separated by age groups, as well, to ensure the safety of the children.

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